The assistant coach who could deliver St Kilda a flag in the “next five years”

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Brownlow Medallist Shane Crawford says former Hawthorn teammate Sam Mitchell is the man St Kilda should look to appoint as its next senior coach.

Mitchell was a key member of West Coast’s 2018 premiership coaching group before returning to Victoria to work under Alastair Clarkson at the Hawks.

With the Saints on the hunt for a new coach to replace the departed Alan Richardson, Crawford believes the four-time premiership Hawk could deliver the success-starved club a flag in the next five years if given the opportunity.

“I think St Kilda and Carlton need to look at a former player called Sam Mitchell. He is ready to go,” he told Gold FM.

“He’s really tough – he’s the smartest player I ever played with. If you look through history, you need to get an untried coach if you want to have success.

“Sam Mitchell should go to St Kilda because he used to barrack for St Kilda and used to go to Moorabbin all the time.

“He’s got an amazing mind; he’s got hardness about him and he would deliver a premiership to the Saints in the next five years if he can go there and get control of that team.”

Mitchell, 36, has doubts as to whether he is ready to jump into a senior coaching position.

“Could I do that right now? I couldn’t say I know I am absolutely the right man for a head coaching job at the moment," he told Channel 7’s Game Day last month.

“At the moment I don’t feel like I could honestly look someone in the eye (and say) I’m the man."

Brad Scott and Brett Ratten are the early frontrunners to land the vacant senior coaching role at St Kilda.